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March 4, 2015


Go, Look: Fashion Plate Fanny

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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through April 2015

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March 6
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 7
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Canberra, I'd Go To This (Australian Comics Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (STAPLE!)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This

March 8
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Canberra, I'd Go To This (Australian Comics Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (STAPLE!)

March 9
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Oklahoma, I'd Go To This

March 10
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

March 11
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

March 12
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

March 13
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (The Millionaires Club)
* If I Were In Mexico City, I'd Go To This (La Mole)

March 14
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (The Millionaires Club)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (London Super Comic Con)
* If I Were In Bellingham, I'd Go To This (BellCAF)
* If I Were In Mexico City, I'd Go To This (La Mole)
* If I Were In Arlington, I'd Go To This (Smudge Expo)

March 15
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (The Millionaires Club)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (London Super Comic Con)
* If I Were In Mexico City, I'd Go To This (La Mole)

March 19
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 20
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)
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March 21
* If I Were In South Carolina, I'd Go To This (SC Comicon)
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 22
* If I Were In South Carolina, I'd Go To This (SC Comicon)
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 23
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 24
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 25
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 26
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

March 27
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Emerald City)
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)
* If I Were In Yonkers, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This

March 28
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (PIX)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Emerald City)
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This (RIPExpo)
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (Myrtle Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Yonkers, I'd Go To This

March 29
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Emerald City)
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This (RIPExpo)
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (Myrtle Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were Near Secaucus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)

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April 3
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 4
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 5
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 9
* If I Were In Nebraska, I'd Go To This

April 10
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Nebraska, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)

April 11
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were Near The Meadowlands, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Extra SPACE)
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This (FLUKE)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MOCCA Fest)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)

April 12
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were Near The Meadowlands, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MOCCA Fest)
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBZF)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)

April 17
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 18
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)
* If I Were Near San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow Comicfest)
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This (The Birmingham Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Adelaide, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)
* If I Were Near San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow Comicfest)
* If I Were In Adelaide, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)

April 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were Near Saratoga, I'd Go To This (ChaseCon)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Zine Fest)
* If I Were Near Knoxville, I'd Go To This (Marble City)

April 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Zine Fest)
* If I Were Near Knoxville, I'd Go To This (Marble City)

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Events For May 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Watch Me

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* you can vote for the top 50 female comics writers and artists via the instructions here. Edwina Dumm sweep of both categories, please.

image* Bob Temuka on Love And Rockets: New Stories #7. Look at that panel! Various Panel Patterers on various comics.

* if there's anything more consistently amusing, old-school blogging category, than Bully pulling panels for Star Wars panels over an entire year, I'm not sure what that would be.

* Scott Cederlund engages with the idea of comics-makers seeking opportunities in film/TV and what that says about comics-making. One reason I aspire to encourage comics to becomes as rewarding and as responsible to their creators as is humanly possible is I want comics-makers to have as many opportunities without crossing over to other media. That said, any creator who wants opportunities elsewhere and pursues them, that's a perfectly great thing.

* can't remember if I posted a link to this but Michael Taube profiles Seth. We should get new Seth soon, which is always a good thing.

* not comics: Robert Boyd writes about not writing, which I think is something with which many folks struggle at a certain point and one reason why we should always greet any kind of new creation in any discipline as a little bit of victory just for existing.

* finally, Gary Tyrrell reminds that we're nearing the end of Girls With Slingshots, with all the dramatic implications that imminent conclusion brings with it.
 
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Happy 59th Birthday, Randy Stradley!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Glenn Hauman!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Chip Mosher!

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March 3, 2015


Go, Look: Amanda Baeza

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Bundled Extra: Conundrum Press Announces Dharma Punks

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The boutique Canadian publisher Conundrum Press announced earlier today it has acquired rights to New Zealand cartoonist Ant Sang's seminal post-alternative graphic novel, Dharma Punks. If there's a work I'd compare it to as a publishing event, it would be when the Hugo Tate material was collected -- it's a largely unknown but widely known-about important book of its time.

Their edition will come out in September of this year. It's 400 pages and will retail for $25 in softcover. It is due in September.
 
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Go, Look: A Bunch Of Syd Hoff

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I had Syd Hoff as "Stoney Hoff" when I first posted this, a sign of my complete, ridiculous exhaustion. On the other hand, Stoney Hoff is a great name for a cartoonist...
 
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Missed It: Your 2014 Ghastly Awards Winners

imageTerry Moore won three Ghastly Awards for 2014, according to a listing I saw by first going to Kevin Melrose's report at Robot 6. This is a horror comics awards named from Graham Ingels, and is in its fourth year. Al Hewestson and Jack Davis entered the program's hall of fame.

Peter Normanton won the Normanton Award, which is a legacy/future generations honor.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. Lot of talented comics-makers in the list that follows.

Winners in bold.

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BEST ONGOING TITLE
* Afterlife with Archie (Archie Comics)
* Crossed: Badlands (Avatar Press)
* Nailbiter (Image Comics)
* Outcast (Image Comics)
* Rachel Rising (Abstract Studios)

BEST LIMITED SERIES
* '68: Homefront (Image Comics)
* Caliban (Avatar Press)
* Deadworld: Restoration (IDW Publishing)
* The Strain: The Fall (Dark Horse Comics)
* Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland (IDW Publishing)

BEST ONE-SHOT
* Crossed: Special 2014 (Avatar Press)
* Dismal Incantation (Herman Inclusus)
* Edgar Allan Poe's Morella and the Murders in the Rue Morgue (Dark Horse Comics)
* Edgar Allan Poe's The Premature Burial (Dark Horse Comics)
* Killogy: Halloween Special (IDW Publishing)

BEST ANTHOLOGY
* Bloke's Terrible Tomb Of Terror #10 (Indy)
* God Is Dead: The Book of Acts -- Alpha (Avatar Press)
* Hellraiser: Bestiary (BOOM! Studios)
* In the Dark (Tiny Behemoth Press / IDW Publishing)
* Monstrosity Vol. 2 (Alterna Comics)

BEST SHORT STORY IN AN ANTHOLOGY
* "Beneath the Surface" (Blokes Terrible Tomb of Terror #10)
* "Grandeur and Monstrosity" (God Is Dead: The Book of Acts Alpha)
* "Not All There" (In The Dark)
* "Red World" (Grimm Tales of Terror #4)
* "Trial by Cauldron" (Canaan Cult Revival)

BEST OGN
* Carbon (Caliber Comics)
* Monsters & Other Stories (Dark Horse Comics)
* The Absence (Titan Comics)
* The Curse Of Ragdoll (Mike Wolfer Entertainment)
* The Shadows of Salamanca (Humanoids Inc.)

BEST ARCHIVAL COLLECTION
* 28 Days Later Omnibus (BOOM! Studios)
* EC Archives:The Vault of Horror Volume 3 (Dark Horse Comics)
* Serenity Rose: 10 Awkward Years (SLG Publishing)
* Swampmen: Muck-Monsters and Their Makers (TwoMorrows Publishing)
* The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics: The Worst of Eerie Publications (IDW Publishing/Yoe Books)

BEST WRITER
* Alex de Campi (Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight)
* Joe Hill (Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland)
* Joshua Williamson (Nailbiter, Ghosted)
* Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Afterlife with Archie, Sabrina)
* Terry Moore (Rachel Rising)

BEST ARTIST
* Ben Templesmith (Squidder)
* Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie)
* Herman Inclusus (Dismal Incantation)
* Leonardo Manco (John Carpenter's Asylum)
* Menton3 (Memory Collectors, Nosferatu Wars)

BEST INKER
* Christian DiBari (Cutter)
* John Bivens (Dark Engine)
* Martin Stiff (The Absence)
* Mike Wolfer/Dan Parsons (The Curse of Ragdoll)
* Terry Moore (Rachel Rising)

BEST LETTERER
* Herman Inclusus (Dismal Incantation)
* Jack Morelli (Afterlife With Archie)
* Rachel Deering (In the Dark, Creepy, Sabrina)
* Terry Moore (Rachel Rising)
* Tyler & Ma'at Crook (Bad Blood)

BEST COLORIST
* Elizabeth Breitweiser (Outcast)
* Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie)
* Jay Fotos ('68 Rule of War, '68 Homefront, Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland)
* Kelly Fitzpatrick (Dark Engine)
* Tyler Crook (Bad Blood)

BEST WEB COMIC
* Disenchanted
* Graveyard Gang
* Karma Springs
* Split Lip
* Wart

BEST HORROR COMIC COVER
* '68 Rule of War #1 (Nat Jones)
* '68 Rule of War #3 Cover B (Tim Vigil & Jay Fotos)
* Afterlife with Archie #6 (Francesco Francavilla)
* Caliban #1 Terror (Facundo Percio, Sebastian Cabrol & Hernan Cabrera)
* Hellraiser: Bestiary #04 Cover B (Daniele Serra)
* Memory Collectors #3 Sub. Variant (David Stoupakis)
* Nosferatu Wars (Menton3)

HALL OF FAME
* Al Hewetson
* Jack Davis


NORMANTON AWARD
* Peter Normanton

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Go, Look: Peabody And Sherman In Four-Color Comics

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Andy Khouri Joins DC Comics' Burbank Offices As An Editor

imageI thought I had just plain missed this, but I guess Andy Khouri only recently announced via twitter that he has taken an editorial job at DC Comics. Khouri was just recently Editor-In-Chief (I think that's what they call that position) at the site ComicsAlliance.

That seems like a good hire for them and a good move for him: he knows the material, he knows at the very least the broad parameters of the job, and he knows a lot of the talent with whom he may end up working. I wish Khouri the best of the luck in his new job and hope I get to cover him for as long as he wants to work in comics. Heidi MacDonald says he'll start out working with Brian Cunningham.

How the Burbank offices settle into place for DC should be one of those stories that has a rolling effect over the next few years. They have a very different profile from which to choose from, I think, just talent-pool wise. There's a potential for workplace culture change, although corporate culture in comics can be an enduring thing and that kind of change never means the same thing to more than a few people at a time. It should at least be fun to watch.
 
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Go, Look: A Concept For Superman's Future

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Festivals Extra: CALA Announces As A 2-Day Show For 2015

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Following a successful one-day effort in 2014, Comic Arts Los Angeles (CALA) has announced a two-day show for December 5-6. I thought that was a fun show with great energy and super-young -- just tons of people I wasn't aware of, which is exciting. I wish them the best with that important one-day to two-day move. It will be in the same downtown location, which I thought was a fun one for a show like that.
 
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Go, Look: Andrew White

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Go, Look: No 50-Cent Comic Book Sale For CR This Time

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I've just run out of time. I apologize. The logistics of the trades sale killed me time-wise -- also my three-hour sobbing session, but that's standard -- and for some reason they won't let me have this truck for however long I'd like to keep it. See you in Ohio.
 
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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: ZUERST

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* sometimes I forget that Daryl Cagle operates a cartooning syndicate in addition to making cartoons of his own, so it's always nice to be reminded of this when he picks up a new client.

image* J. Caleb Mozzocco on Uncanny Avengers Volume Five: Axis Prelude. Richard Pachter on a bunch of different comics.

* what it's like learning from Derf.

* Garry Shores writes about the comics-buying days of his youth.

* I don't really care who gets to direct the next Spider-Man movie and as that kind of thing isn't in the purview of this site, I can always skip such stories and move onto the next one. But seeing this article's headline made me wonder who Drew Goddard is, and when I read the article I was struck by how much assumed knowledge there is in terms of the details and the implications of various moves and possibilities. It's a whole different world quite distinct from the comics and not secondary to them as I frequently assume -- without reason, I'm just being dumb. Further, someone who spent several hours on the couch as a teen reading the lastest issue of Amazing Heroes Preview Special as I did probably shouldn't find fault with anyone else's fandom of focused interest.

* cute: what Marvel characters are called in other countries.

* finally, Jillian Tamaki draws Annie Koyama.
 
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Happy 39th Birthday, Augie De Blieck!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Skottie Young!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Max Allan Collins!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Dan Mishkin!

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